The “T” in Team: How to Engage Therapists Who Are New to the Seating Team


Date: 3/10/2021

Credit: .1 CEU

Speaker: Allison Baird, MS, OT, ATP

Best Business Practice, Beginner Level



The Seating Team is essential for wheelchair service provision. Team dynamics can be challenging as personalities work together towards a common goal. A layer of complexity is added when a therapist, who is new to seating, joins the team. How do we maintain team collaboration with a member who is developing new skills?

This presentation will explore the challenges of working as a team with members who have various levels of knowledge, skills, and experiences. It will also identify areas of expertise that therapists bring to the seating team. Lastly, the presentation will outline strategies for successful team collaboration.

Learning Outcomes:

The participant will be able to describe 3 areas of expertise that occupational and physical therapists bring to the seating process.

The participant will be able to identify 3 strategies to engage all team members in the wheelchair process.

The participant will be able to identify 3 qualities of a successful team.

Allison Baird is a Liberty Clinical Specialist for KiMobility. She has worked as an Occupational Therapist since 1999 and received her ATP certification in 2015. Allison has worked in a variety of healthcare settings in NJ & NY including: Level 1 & 2 Trauma Centers, rehabilitation hospitals, and outpatient clinics. She was the Advanced Clinician and Clinical Coordinator for the Seating Program at NY Presbyterian- Columbia. In addition, she was a home modification consultant for the MS Society of NYC. Allison is a Guest Lecturer for the Occupational Therapy Graduate program at Touro College and for the Art Therapy Graduate Program for the School of Visual Arts.